12 4 / 2014
Well 2013 was a fun year! Wait… what do you mean I didn’t post anything last year? You sir (or madame) are crazy! I was around… doing other stuff.
Quite honestly, 2013 was a bit of a down year for me. I only read one book a month, and while I enjoyed the heck out of a few of the stories, I just felt like I was missing something. Here’s a list of books that I finished:
- I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern
- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
- Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
- Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
- NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
- Under the Dome by Stephen King
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
- Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry
- Wonder by RJ Palacio
- Tietam Brown by Mick Foley
A couple of those books aren’t the typical “novels” I’d usually read (I Suck at Girls, Fantasy Life, Tietam Brown), and some were merely classics that I felt I had to read someday.
Of the twelve books listed, NOS4A2, The Shadow of the Wind, and Wonder stood out from the rest. They were absolutely fantastic reads, and I’m sure I’ll revisit them in the future. I have absolutely no regrets in dedicating my time to reading them.
Notice, though, that I didn’t read a single independent novel last year. The “indie” novel was something introduced to me in 2012 in the forms of Wool by Hugh Howey and The Mesmerist by Joseph D’Agnese. You can read my reviews for both on this blog. They made a lasting impression with me, yet for some reason I completely passed on digging deeper into the world of indie novels in 2013.
I’m dedicated to doing things differently in 2014. I want at least half of the books I read this year to be self published titles. And here’s my first read:
The lost city of Atlantis, Nazi subs, and ancient conspiracies? Sign me up. This should be another great year of reading.
26 7 / 2012
I purchased Wool on a whim. I had read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline earlier in the year, and because I bought the book through Amazon, new Science Fiction suggestions began to appear whenever I signed in. Wool was always displayed prominently. The Omnibus had a 5 star rating, with over a thousand reviews, something astoundingly rare. How could I not try book one?
I’m very glad I did. The first Wool book feels like an excellent short story, or a fantastic preview of what’s to come. It perfectly sets up the world in which you’re about to immerse yourself in, assuming you continue on with the series… which you will… because it’s impossible to stop reading this masterpiece.
The story begins with Sheriff Holston investigating and coming to grips with the demise of his wife. As we follow Holston, we’re introduced to the Silo, a post-apocalyptic underground shelter for the few remaining survivors of an unknown terrible event. Although that setup should be enough to pique readers interest, it’s the characters you’ll be coming back for.
I sat in bed on a day off and finished Wool #1 in a about an hour. It was a hell of an hour. Although I had other things planned for the day, I couldn’t help but dive right in to Wool #2 after finishing. Wool’s hooks were in me.
Although the characters are lifelike, and the setting intriguing, Wool may not have worked so well under a different author. Hugh Howey is just excellent. The prose is polished, and the pace is perfect. You’ll feel like Wool was written by one of the all time great Science Fiction authors. Because of this, Wool is destined to become a sci-fi classic.
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